Acadian Memorial's new docent is an artist

ST. MARTINVILLE – A fresh new face in town is accompanied by a fresh and intriguing way of looking at foliage.

Suzy Bridwell is a new docent – guide/lecturer – at the Acadian Memorial, and she’s also one of the artists to be featured during the Promenade on Historic Main Street, Friday, March 20, an “art walk” to kick off the fifth annual Acadian Memorial Festival that Saturday.

Suzy and her works – acrylics with a lush, tropical feel, and fanciful paper mache figures – are tentatively scheduled to be at Maison De Tours on Main Street across from the church.

There will be well over a dozen artists sprinkled around the walking tour route in the city’s historic downtown.

Bridwell, 33, can also be found at the Memorial, where she is ensconced as a new docent. Previously she worked at Chretien Point Plantation in Sunset when it was open to the public.

Like her husband, Ryan, a salesman by day and an artist in his spare time, Suzy Bridwell practices her art as an avocation rather than a business nowadays.

Formally trained in art – a qualification she prefers not to dwell on for fear of seeming pretentious – Suzy likes to go with the flow of her creative juices rather than striving to find a niche and fill it.

“Nobody has a secret ingredient for success as an artist,” she says. “If it happens, it happens.”

Beyond her technical skills, which are obvious in her work, is a strong sense of atmosphere. You can almost feel the humidity and hear the insects in her intimate landscapes.

Drop by the Maison De Tours next Friday and see if you don’t agree.

On Saturday, March 21, the Acadian Memorial Festival centers around the historic Evangeline Oak, with a reenactment of the Acadians’ arrival, a putt-putt boat parade, antique cars, and of course Cajun music and food. The events unfold between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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